Justin Verlander (11-5, 3.12) vs. Scott Feldman (9-3, 3.59), 8:05 p.m. EST
Can the Tigers salvage a win in Texas? Oh, and how about ending a three-game losing streak? Their starting pitcher for the evening appears to be just the guy to help them do that.
Justin Verlander pitched a complete game in his last start, giving the Tigers exactly the kind of outing they needed in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. He was helped in part by the offense giving him an early lead, but as we've seen in recent games, that doesn't always mean a lot. But Verlander made that lead hold up. (Some late-inning insurance runs may have helped, as well.)
Verlander has enjoyed quite a bit of success against the Rangers in his career, compiling a 5-1 record and 2.13 ERA. (That includes two wins in Arlington.) On the road this year, however, he's 4-5 with a 4.76 ERA.
For the Rangers, Scott Feldman has been some kind of impressive in his past six starts. In each of those games, he's allowed three or fewer runs. And in his last start, he shut out the Royals for eight innings, giving up only four hits. Feldman has a 3-2 record and 3.72 ERA in nine starts at home this season. This will be the first time he's faced the Tigers this year. He started against them once in 2008, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings.
Clete Thomas gets the night off, with a left-hander pitching. Marcus Thames will start in left field. Brandon Inge will also get some rest for his aching knee between tonight and tomorrow's off-day. Ryan Raburn fills in at third base.